Perth railway station

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For the railway station in Perth, Scotland, see Perth railway station, Scotland.
Transperth train sign.svg
Perth
Transperth TrainsList of Perth railway stations
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Armadale / Thornlie Line
Fremantle Line
Joondalup Line
Mandurah Line
Midland Line
Transwa Australind
Location
Street Wellington Street, Roe Street, William Street, Murray Street
Suburb Perth
Distance from Perth 0 km (0.0 mi)
General information
Station code MPH
Fare zone 1, SFTZ
Station design
Number of platforms 9
Platform architecture 1 island above ground, 4 side above ground, 1 island underground
Station structure Closed Station
Access by Main Entrance, Upper Concourse
Transfers
Train transfer Yes
Bus transfer Yes, at RSBS
Facilities
Transit guard booth Yes
Park 'n' Ride No
Lock 'n' Ride No
Lifts 4 at main platforms, 3 at underground platforms
Escalators 9 at main platforms, 9 at underground platforms
Add Value Machines Yes, also accepts cash notes
Public telephones Yes
Public toilets Yes (not at Perth Underground)

Coordinates: 31°57′05″S 115°51′38″E / 31.951493°S 115.860448°E / -31.951493; 115.860448 Perth Station including Perth Underground is the largest railway station in Perth, Western Australia, and functions as an interchange between the Transperth Trains Armadale / Thornlie, Fremantle, Joondalup, Mandurah and Midland railway lines, as well as the Transwa Australind.

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

The Victorian style building was built between 1893 and 1894. It replaced an earlier station built when the railway first opened in 1881. The building has been renovated numerous times since being built, as well as the forecourt entrance area.

The station was the centre of the Western Australian Government Railways system - with most main-line trains leaving from this station. A collection of freight and administrative offices and tearooms were part of the railway station complex. The Westland, Albany Progress, and The Mullewa overnight passenger trains departed from this station.

The railway building has at times housed various commercial operations - as well as Police offices. The WA Craft Council was in the building in the 1980s.[1]

For a considerable length of time the forecourt area was used for car parking. This is now very limited except for official vehicles. The building had the Barrack Street and William Street bridges as limiting factors to its development, and in its current state is connected to both bridges by escalators and walkways, though the William Street entrance is fenced off.

Changes[edit]

As early as the 1950s there were moves and suggestions for the redevelopment of the station area.[2]

Following the discontinuance of the overnight services, the extension of standard gauge tracks to East Perth station, and the relocation of most administrative offices to the new railway building alongside, Perth railway station remained as a terminus for the Bunbury Australind passenger service, as well as suburban services.

New underground platforms were developed to the east of William Street (between Wellington and Murray Streets) as part of the New MetroRail project. They are linked to the original Perth railway station via a walkway under Wellington Street, and there is also an entrance from the west end of the Murray Street pedestrian mall. Services commenced on the new platforms at 5:37am on 15 October 2007. The new platforms, numbered 1 and 2, are known as Perth Underground but are also considered part of the overall Perth railway station.

Other recent works to Perth railway station include the installation of SmartRider infrastructure, including Add Value Machines, fare gates, attendant offices and fencing.

In 2013, after months of construction and a shutdown, the new Platform 9 on the Roe Street side of Perth railway station was finally completed in September of the same year. This new platform was temporarily used for special event services until mid-December 2013, where it is now operated by Midland railway line.[3]

Plaques formerly in entrance area to station[edit]

The railway station entrance area had plaques to commemorate the following events:

  • 1 March 1981 – centenary of Fremantle to Guildford railway
  • 14 November 1989 – Perth–Joondalup railway first spike driven
  • 28 September 1991 – introduction of electric trains
  • 11 April 1992 – commissioning Transperth electric train service
  • 25 March 1994 – centenary of railway station

Station layout[edit]

Perth railway station layout.svg

Services[edit]

Platforms[edit]

Platforms currently in use are as follows:

Stop No. Platform Line Stopping pattern(s) Notes
[2776] Perth Underground platforms
99601 Transperth platform 1W.svg Joondalup All, C, K, L, W Patterns C, K, L, W during peak hours on weekdays only.
99602 Transperth platform 2W.svg Mandurah All, C, K, W Patterns C, K, W during peak hours on weekdays only.
[2776] Main platforms
99003 Transperth platform 3O.svg Australind All stations Transwa regional service to Bunbury.
99004 Transperth platform 4B.svg Thornlie T
99005 Transperth platform 5B.svg Armadale All, B, C
99006 Transperth platform 6B.svg Armadale C# Peak hours on weekdays only.
99007 Transperth platform 7W.svg Fremantle All, A, B, D, K, L, M, S+
99008 Transperth platform 8W.svg Midland All, A, B, P Services coming from the Fremantle tunnel will arrive at this platform, carrying on through to Midland.[4]
Joondalup Line pattern P terminates at this platform.
99009 Transperth platform 9W.svg Midland Special service platform.

Bus routes[edit]

Several bus routes stop at the Perth Train Station. Buses are also provided at Roe Street Bus Station for transfers with Perth Train Station.

Route Number Destination / Description
[12129] Beaufort Street
    1 Blue CAT Busport - Northbridge - Busport Circular Service
[26788] Wellington Street (east bound)
    950 to Morley Bus Station via Beaufort Street
[12901] Wellington Street (east bound Red/Yellow CAT)[5][6][7]
    2 Red CAT East Perth - West Perth - East Perth Circular Service
    3 Yellow CAT to East Perth via Wellington Street
[12902] Wellington Street (east bound)[5][6][7]
    16 to Dianella via William Street, North Street, Wood Street, Crawford Road, Browning Street and Alexander Drive
    28 to WACA, East Perth
    41 to Bayswater via Lord Street, Eight Avenue, Maylands, Caledonian Street, Stone Street and Frington Street
    42 to Maylands via Lord Street and Peninsula Road
    43 to Bayswater via Lord Street, Central Avenue, Maylands, Caledonian Street, Stone Street and Frington Street
    48 to Morley Bus Station via Lord Street, Guildford Road, Bayswater, Langley Road and Embelton
    55 to Bassendean via Lord Street, Guildford Road, Ashfield, Hardy Road and West Road
    60 to Morley Bus Station via William Street, North Street, Dundas Road and Walter Road West
    66 to Morley Bus Station via Beaufort Street and Russell Street (Limited Stops)
[12924] Wellington Street (west bound Red/Yellow CAT)[5][6][7]
    2 Red CAT East Perth - West Perth - East Perth Circular Service
    3 Yellow CAT to West Perth via Wellington Street
[26201] Wellington Street (west bound)[6][7]
    16, 41, 42, 43, 48, 55, 60, 66, 67, 68 to Esplanade Busport
    28 to Claremont via Hay Street and Mount Claremont
    950 to QEII Medical Centre via Mounts Bay Road, UWA and Hampden Road
[10221] William Street (on Horseshoe Bridge)[8][9]
    1 Blue CAT Busport - Northbridge - Busport Circular Service

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Connor, Porter and Salmon (1987). Challenges : fine Western Australian crafts : Crafts Council of Western Australia, Crafts Council Centre, Perth City Railway Station. Perth, W.A: Crafts Council of W.A. 
  2. ^ New Heart for Perth Society (1953–1974). New Heart for Perth Society records, 1953-1974 (manuscript).  See specifically the section 'Biography'.
  3. ^ Midland Line permanent platform change, accessed 11 December 2013
  4. ^ "Midland Line - Platform Change". Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Routes 28, 81, 84, 85, 91, 92, 95, 213, 220, 401, School Specials, Blue, Red and Yellow CAT services - Forrest Place disruptions, Transperth website, accessed 10 March 2010
  6. ^ a b c d Routes 28, 81, 84, 91, 92, 213, 220, 401, Red and Yellow CATs – Forrest Place bus stops reintroduction, Transperth website, accessed 1 September 2011
  7. ^ a b c d Routes 23, 28, 30, 31, 34, 78, 79, 81, 92, 102, 107, 213, 220, 401, 881, 940, school specials, Red and Yellow CAT - service disruptions, Transperth website, accessed 20 May 2012
  8. ^ Routes 16, 21, 22, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 55, 60, 66, 67, 68, 69, 401 and Blue CAT – service disruption, Transperth website, accessed 23 November 2009.
  9. ^ Routes 16, 21, 22, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 55, 60, 66, 67, 68, 69, 401 and Blue CAT – William Street Horseshoe Bridge completion, Transperth website, accessed 25 June 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • Finlayson, Don (1986) Steam around Perth ARHS WA - has photos of the earlier forms of the station - page 55 for example

External links[edit]


Perth
SmartRider Free Transit Zone

Preceding station   Transperth Trains network   Following station
Terminus Armadale Line
All, B, C
SmartRider Free Transit Zone
towards Armadale
Fremantle Line
All, A, B, D, K, L, M, S
SmartRider Free Transit Zone
towards Fremantle
Midland Line
All, A, B, P
SmartRider Free Transit Zone
towards Midland
Mandurah Line
All, C, K, W
SmartRider Free Transit Zone
Thornlie Line
T
SmartRider Free Transit Zone
towards Thornlie
SmartRider Free Transit Zone
Terminus
Joondalup Line
All, K, W
Zone 1
Joondalup Line
C, L
Zone 2
towards Clarkson or Butler
Preceding station   Transwa Trains network   Following station
Terminus Australind
towards Bunbury